‘Safety measures in place at BloemShow’

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The spot on the ride where the carriage came loose.

Bloem Show management says all safety and occupational health certificates were issued and safety checks performed on a fun fair ride where three people were injured on Saturday morning, 27 April 2019.

This is according to CEO Elmarie Prinsloo, who explained that a new safety clip of the ride’s freely-spinning car came undone and it overturned with its three occupants.

The injured, two adults and a teenager, immediately received medical treatment and were transported to the MediClinic Bloemfontein.

“We are grateful that there were only minor injuries.” Prinsloo further assured the Bloem Show community that they are committed to the safety and well-being of all visitors, exhibitors and participants.

“All other amusement park activities will carry on and the show continues until Saturday 4 May 2019.”

Upon OFM News’ visit to the fun fair operated by Carnival Funfairs later in the day, the ride in question was closed and barred with danger tape. It seemed, however, business as usual with visitors milling around and enjoying the rides.

Meanwhile MediClinic Bloemfontein has confirmed that the three people, who were injured while on a fun fair ride at Bloem Show on Saturday, 27 April 2019, will be discharged from hospital on Sunday.

MediClinic Bloemfontein spokesperson Barbara Steenkamp says the three patients are “doing well”. They were treated for head concussion and soft tissue injuries. No fractures were sustained.

She added that they were expected to return to Delmas on Sunday as well.

Following the incident in which the people were flung from the ride’s cart, Bloem Show management confirmed all safety and occupational health certificates were issued and safety checks performed on the machine in question. – Lucky Nkuyane/OFM News